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January 27, 2016
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Philly 2 Flint
by Bryan Carter

John B KellyOn Thursday, January 20 2016, Nehemiah Davis, founder of the Nehemiah Davis Foundation, posted an illustration on Instagram requesting any support to donate bottled water to residents in Flint, Michigan. As of January 24, 2016, Davis and his campaign using the hashtag #Philly2Flint have generated over 60,000 bottles of water before their morning departure from Philadelphia. Contributors include What’s Up Africa, The Urban Art Gallery, High Heels High Hopes, Pretty Hungry, RAQWITME, and Mid Atlantic FX.

Currently, Flint, Michigan is in a state of emergency after government officials failed to supply over 100,000 residents with clean water. According to CNN, roughly 18 months ago, government officials of Flint switched their water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, “a notorious tributary that runs through town known to locals for its filth.” Dating back to April 2014, residents have complained about water quality, the smell and taste of their local tap. One of the major health concerns of the Flint Water Crisis is lead poisoning, known for causing permanent mental and physical development. So far, there are 6,000 to 12,000 reported cases of people containing above average levels of lead in their blood. It has also been reported that Legionnaires' Disease has taken the lives of 10 residents while 77 others remain infected.

How you can help:
-Discuss, read, research and share what you know. Keep talking about this epidemic and research.
-Drop off water to local businesses and organizations that are providing water to residents of Flint, Michigan.

Questions that come to mind:
-Will the state of Michigan be held responsible for the health care costs of the victims of Flint, Michigan for the rest of their natural lives?
-What are government officials doing to fix the Flint Water Crisis and how will they prevent this from happening again?
-How does the state of Michigan begin to fix the this problem?

For additional coverage
WJMS Radio - ConglomeArt and The Flint Water Crisis

Nehmiah Davis Coverage - WNEM
Marcus Morris and Philly Groups distribute water - MLIVE
The New York Times
The Washington Post